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Published on June 20, 2013

Billings Clinic Awarded Certification from Joint Commission for Knee Replacement

Billings, MT — Billings Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Billings Clinic Disease-Specific Care Certification for knee replacement.

Certification is a voluntary process. To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Billings Clinic for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

“Pursuing this independent evaluation on behalf of our patients is an important thing for us to do, and we’re thrilled to once again receive the Joint Commission’s Seal of Approval,” says Matthew Kopplin, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Billings Clinic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. “It means that every team member involved in a joint replacement procedure, from the doctors and nurses to the front desk and housekeeping staff, are continuing to exceed the expectations of our patients.”

Billings Clinic performed 610 joint replacement surgeries in fiscal year 2012 that include total hip, total knee, and partial hip replacement procedures.

The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards and safety goals.
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care.
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at

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